Lionel Messi has known Argentinian beauty Antonella Roccuzzo since he was five-years-old.
The couple are pictured (above) moments after tying the knot on Friday, June 30. (photographer Andres Preumayr)
Both grew up in the northern Argentina town of Rosario – the scene of their wedding – and stayed in touch even after Messi left for Barcelona when he was 13. The first cousin of one of Messi’s best friends, Lucas Scaglia, Antonella has two children with the footballer,Thiago, 4, and Mateo, 1.
The sweethearts married at the Pullman Hotel in Rosario on June 30 surrounded by 250 friends and family, including some of the biggest names in football.
Among those invited were Gerard Pique, Shakira, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Samuel Eto’o, Carlos Puyol, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas. Sergio Aguero’s wife, Kariana, was asked to sing the couple’s first dance.
Antonella is said to be particularly close to Chelsea midfielder Fabregas’s wife, Daniella Semaan.
Unlike her new husband, Antonella didn’t move far from home at first. She was a dentistry student at the National University of Rosario, although she didn’t finish her studies. She went on to graduate with a qualification in social communication.
In December 2016, Antonella partnered with Sofia Balbi, the wife of Barcelona’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, in a shoe store in Barcelona.